Roanoke Valley SPCA sees an influx in cats amid the pandemic

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Valley SPCA is seeing an unexpected influx in cats this season. The typical time to see more cats and kittens is in the summer months.

The animal shelter says one of the reasons more cats are filling the shelters is the lack of spaying and neutering.

Some facilities had to close because of the coronavirus pandemic, which caused a backlog in those procedures getting completed.

Roanoke Valley SPCA also says the shelter is seeing an increase in the need for pet food because of the virus.

“We also have seen a need in our pet food pantry. We have more people asking for those food donations,” said Julie Rickmond with Roanoke Valley SPCA. “We are asking for people to donate to our pet food pantry so we can help get that food out to our community who needs it because COVID has impacted everybody.”

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